But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Since being activated from the 10-day injured list on May 27, Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.) has been red hot. In his last 14 games, he has hit .345 and clubbed seven home runs. He now has 15Continue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Tyler O’Neill, Zach Pop, Tom Cheek, Ernie Whitt”

Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada It was a dramatic and fitting end for the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium. Thirty-two years ago today, on an 0-and-1 count in the bottom of the 10th inning, George Bell belted a fastball from Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen into the left field bleachers for aContinue reading “Remembering the last game at Exhibition Stadium 32 years ago today”

He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada Who’s the first former Toronto Blue Jays player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? That’s a question that often stumps Canadian baseball fans. And you can be forgiven if you don’t remember Phil Niekro – who’s the answer to the question – making three startsContinue reading “He played for the Blue Jays? . . . Phil Niekro”

But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk

By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: – Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins (Chatham, Ont.) posted this powerful photo (below) on Twitter on Tuesday.  He also shared a more personal message two days later. He is an important voice to be listening toContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Fergie Jenkins, Matt Stairs, Paul Quantrill, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: My deepest condolences to Ernie Whitt and his family on the passing of his mother, Dolly, on April 7 at the age of 88 from the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read Bob Elliott’s excellent article in which Whitt talks about his mom here. I rememberContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Cal Quantrill, Terry Puhl, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Emslie”

But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         Montreal native Russell Martin’s solo home run off of Seattle Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales in the top of the fourth inning on Friday night was his 64th as a Toronto Blue Jay. This moves him into second place among Toronto Blue Jays catchers forContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Russell Martin, John Axford, Pedro Martinez, John Olerud”

But What Do I Know? . . . Ron Hayter, Tyler O’Neill, Jake Eliopoulos, Marv Rackley

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It’s been a sad past eight months for the staff at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ont. With the passing of inductee and Alberta baseball icon Ron Hayter at the age of 81 last Saturday (You can read more aboutContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Ron Hayter, Tyler O’Neill, Jake Eliopoulos, Marv Rackley”

But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         It was 41 years ago today that the Toronto Blue Jays began assembling their first team via the 1976 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft. With their first pick, the Blue Jays selected Bob Bailor from the Baltimore Orioles. Bailor proceeded to bat .310 inContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Jim Adduci, Vladimir Guerrero, Lloyd Moseby, George Selkirk”

But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: ·         As the MLB amateur draft approaches (June 12 to June 14), it’s important to remember that it’s not just first-round picks that end up in the Hall of Fame. For example, 42 years ago today, the Montreal Expos chose Andre Dawson, out of FloridaContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . Andre Dawson, B.J. Wallace, Larry Walker, Jamie Romak”

But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories: Anyone out there still angry that the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t sign David Price to a long-term deal? The all-star lefty, who inked a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox following a superb two-month stint with the Blue Jays in 2015, is experiencingContinue reading “But What Do I Know? . . . David Price, Fergie Jenkins, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Ernie Whitt”